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U.S. Commander in Middle East Foresees Increased Military Aid to Arabs

Gen. Paul D. Adams, Commander in Chief of United States forces in the Middle East and in portions of Africa and Asia, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the United States, during the 1967 fiscal year will have “active military assistance programs” in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

In testimony released today by the Committee, Gen. Adams requested $114,200,000 for “material and training” in the Arab states and other countries of the region. No program was listed for Israel. The U.S. Commander in Chief in the Middle East said that military assistance was requested “to protect U.S. interests in these key countries, and to help them to promote their own goals.”

Gen. Adams said: “There is a substantial training mission in Saudi Arabia where our principal advisory effort has been directed toward enhancing the capability of the Saudi regular force. Since the inception of the military assistance program in Saudi Arabia, many Saudi officers have been trained in U.S. service schools. Of course, this training has been a significant factor in our military sales program.”

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